There are a lot of factors that actually influence professional development. Sadly, there are also a lot of myths that surround being self employed. Gathering the facts about starting your own business before you even draw up your business development plan can assist you in facing up to the challenges that may come your way.Here are some of the facts and myths about business development: Myth: Not everyone can become business owners because business owners have very special traits that will make them succeed in business. Fact: Some people believe that they do not have the trait to own a business – anyone can own a business! There is certainly no magical potion that you will need to take in order to get the “special trait” that business owners supposedly have. The two things that business owners have in common is that they work hard and they are persistent.A lot of people launch their own businesses because they feel that they are not doing what they should be doing, career wise. They simply create their own professional development because the conventional labor market does not suit them. Myth: Just create a great product and the money will just roll in Fact: This is the biggest mistake that a lot of upcoming business owners make in their business development plan. It is important that one carry out a research on the market demand for the product that they plan to sell before they launch it into the market. One needs to understand that no matter how awesome their product is, if they do not get the support of the market, their business will be doomed to crash and burn. It is impossible to attain professional development when you only get to sell your products to immediate family members and a few friends. Myth: Small business owners take extreme risks Fact: Smart business owners know how to minimize and manage risks. They also clearly understand that the assured-for-life, secure corporate jobs are virtually non-existent in the labor market today. A lot of small businesses are financed through personal funds, family, friends, second mortgages, small business loans and credit cards. Myth: Having a good website will boost your sales Fact: Just having website is not enough. You will need to ensure that people actually know that your website exists. More and more websites are launched online every single day, so you will need to ensure that your site is easily located by your target audience. You will need to include good internet marketing tools in your business development plan in order to get your target market to visit your site to know more about your product and services. Myth: There are loads of business owners with convincing overnight achievement stories Fact: Though success in business may seem to be instantaneous from an outsider’s POV (point of view). But strategic planning (and other important factors) is the key to professional development. Business owners have done the research and know that they have to work extra hard in order to succeed in their business venture.